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Dining, SFoodie Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

To earn the title of legend in the booze business, you need carry some serious credentials to the table. Enter Sausalito native, Bobby Lozoff. A Bay Area bartender with some 50 years of experience behind the stick, the man…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Bobby Keys: 5 Songs to Honor a Saxophone Great

R.I.P. Bobby Keys: 5 Songs to Honor a Saxophone Great

As has been reported elsewhere, Bobby Keys, saxophonist for the Rolling Stones and one of the most in-demand session players of the 1970s, died yesterday at the age of 70.  Though best known for his work with the Stones, Keys…
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Dining, Fresh Eats The Square: Fresh Takes on Apple-Tinis, Tequila Sunrises, and More

The Square: Fresh Takes on Apple-Tinis, Tequila Sunrises, and More

Like everything else, cocktails travel in cycles. Drinks that were once standards at your grandparents' and great-grandparents' house became the darlings of the craft cocktail revival, while the drinks your parents enjoyed, became the pariahs. But in recent years, drinks…
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Music, A Trip With Wooden Shjips: Ripley Johnson on the Power of Repetition

A Trip With Wooden Shjips: Ripley Johnson on the Power of Repetition

A Wooden Shjips song can be "psychedelic" in the original sense: It can alter one's state of mind. The band's sleek rock workouts repeat in a way reminiscent of the Velvet Underground, or even Philip Glass: They are long, lush,…
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Dining, Distillations

Distillations: Bergerac Has Great Drinks, Uninspired Atmosphere

I'd rather bite my tongue than say a bad word about the bartenders at Bergerac. When I asked the bartender to whip me up something special, they went off menu to mix rye whiskey, coconut, Campari, and a baked apple…
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Music, Hear This Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Given that he's been doing this since 1969, you'd expect Lee Fields to have a pretty solid grasp on his classic brand of James Brown-indebted soul-funk. And as decades of releases, including two most recent albums with the Expressions, My…
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Music, Fire Still Burns: The Flamin' Groovies Return to Shake Some Action Again

Fire Still Burns: The Flamin' Groovies Return to Shake Some Action Again

San Francisco rockers the Flamin' Groovies epitomize the status of "cult legends": Few know their music, but most who do will champion it intensely. The band's best albums are forgotten classics: 1971's Teenage Head is the American Exile on Main…
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Music, Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

If there is a playbook of rock band moves, the plan to "go somewhere weird and faraway to write and record new songs" would be on one of its most weathered pages. The reasoning behind the move is simple —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

If there is a playbook of rock band moves, the plan to "go somewhere weird and faraway to write and record new songs" would be on one of its most weathered pages. The reasoning behind the move is simple —…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Stern Grove Fest announced its lineup of free concerts for Summer '13, and the list includes Nor-Cal hip-hop group Deltron 3030, soul-rock legend Shuggie Otis, the S.F. Symphony, and more. The Sunday afternoon shows begin June 16, at…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 8 Ways Going To a Rolling Stones Concert Is Like Living in San Francisco

Top 8 Ways Going To a Rolling Stones Concert Is Like Living in San Francisco

The Rolling Stones are in the Bay Area this week, biding time between their show at the Oracle Arena and Wednesday's at HP Pavilion. Since Sunday's disappointing performance is still fresh in our minds, we thought we'd compare it to…
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Music, All Shook Down The Rolling Stones Overcharge For Imperfection at Oracle Arena, 5/5/13

The Rolling Stones Overcharge For Imperfection at Oracle Arena, 5/5/13

The Rolling Stones Sunday, May 5, 2013 Oracle Arena, Oakland Better than: Bands that don't bother building an aura in the first place. The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band is fallible. In theory, the Rolling Stones may be perfect.…
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Music, All Shook Down A Letter to the Rolling Stones Regarding Their Absurdly Expensive New Tour

A Letter to the Rolling Stones Regarding Their Absurdly Expensive New Tour

Dear Rolling Stones, As we're sure you're aware, a little ripple of joy went through crowds of music fans the world over recently when you announced you were about to tour again. We were a little perturbed to find out…
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Music, All Shook Down We Are The Rolling Stones, and We Are Here For Your Every Last Dollar

We Are The Rolling Stones, and We Are Here For Your Every Last Dollar

How much will you pay to say you've seen the Rolling Stones? In 30 years, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are either dead and buried, or are liquid-preserved human heads running a cybernetic body, how badly will you want…
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Music, All Shook Down The Rolling Stones Announce Two Bay Area Concerts in May

The Rolling Stones Announce Two Bay Area Concerts in May

Just as we were expecting, the Rolling Stones this morning announced a U.S. leg of their ongoing 50 and Counting Tour for this spring. And just as expected, it includes two dates in the Bay Area next month. See also:…
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Music, All Shook Down Here Is the Billboard That Proves the Rolling Stones Are Playing San Francisco This Year

Here Is the Billboard That Proves the Rolling Stones Are Playing San Francisco This Year

So the Rolling Stones have been making a rather large, um, bang on Twitter all week about some big announcement coming tomorrow, April 3. Yes, it is almost certainly going to be U.S. tour dates for this spring -- a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Rolling Stones' "Doom and Gloom": Pretty Good For Zombie Rock

The Rolling Stones' "Doom and Gloom": Pretty Good For Zombie Rock

The Rolling Stones, rock 'n' roll's version of a senile third-world dictator who just won't hand over power to the younger generation, have released a new song. "Doom and Gloom" is the first new Stones material in seven years, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, <i>Backstage Past</i>

Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, Backstage Past

In the late '60s, Barry Fey became of one of America's biggest rock music promoters. He says he was the first to book Led Zeppelin in this country, and claims to have sold more concert tickets than any other independent…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Top 6 Weirdest Actor Cameos in Music Videos

What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in…
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Video of the Day: Green Day Cover the Stones on Jimmy Fallon

Local boys Green Day went on Jimmy Fallon last night and tore through a cover of the Stones' "Rip This Joint," punking the Exile on Main Street song up with manic pacing and Billie Joe's signature guyliner. Follow us @SFAllShookDown.…
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